Political parties getting free tax payer money. It must be election time

via NBR

The blunt end of four million dollars going to waste.

The Electoral Commission has released details of taxpayer funding for political party advertising before September’s election (see table below).

This year it matters more than ever, as a recent law change means TVNZ and RNZ are no longer required to provide free air time for party political broadcasts.

At the top of the pile, it’s all reasonably straightforward, with the major parties being allocated the most money for advertising.

But further down, things get a little more curious.

The Perth-based Expatriate Party, for example, gets $37,330, despite not registering in any poll and a website that’s offline.

National did the country a huge disservice when they didn’t rationalise this idiotic part of our Electoral law.  They received advice, but no, like any other political party, they couldn’t talk themselves out of one and a quarter million of “free” money to win the election with.

Politicians are politicians.  No matter what party they’re from.

At least they now have the funds to express themselves.



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